The pressure cooker allows us to cook by optimizing cooking times while preserving the flavors of food. Thanks to the pressure cooker we not only save time but also water: water saving in the kitchen should not be neglected.
In this article I will show you the basic rules of cooking and operation so that you can approach this new method of cooking with ease.
How does the pressure cooker work?
- If the recipe requires it, you must first perform some preliminary operations such as frying, browning, etc. Once this is done, you can transfer all the ingredients to the pressure cooker and close it
- Put the pot on the stove lit with a very lively flame and as soon as you hear a noise similar to a hiss, you will have to lower the flame to the minimum in order to stabilize the escape of steam
- At this point, count the minutes (or hours) of cooking indicated in the recipe you are making. If the hiss is slow in coming, there could be three causes: the flame is too weak, the pressure cooker is not closed properly or a valve is clogged. In these cases you will have to drain the steam and open the pot; check valves and try again. However, know that the food will already be slightly cooked and therefore you will have to reduce the cooking times indicated in the recipe
- After the set time has elapsed, turn off the stove, completely discharge the pressure and then the steam thanks to the special valve and finally open the pressure cooker. It is advisable to do the last two operations in a sink with about two fingers of water. This way you will lower the pressure and avoid annoying foam leaks.
If the recipe asks you to open the pressure cooker halfway through cooking to add more ingredients, don't be alarmed: follow these instructions and start over.
For more information, we recommend reading the article "How to cook with the pressure cooker"
Pressure cooker, maintenance
The pressure cooker is made of steel so it is not very different from all other pots so you can use the classic dish detergent. In case of internal deposits, you can use a steel wool or an abrasive sponge. The only precaution is to check, when washing the lid, that the valves are not clogged.
When placing the pressure cooker in the cabinet, avoid closing it, simply place the lid on top: in this way you will avoid stagnation of air and therefore the onset of bad smells.
Pressure cooker, useful tips
- Do not use too much liquid: do not fill the pressure cooker more than two thirds (there should be a sign inside it indicating the maximum limit) because frothy liquid could leak from the valve, especially during the preparation of soups and risottos, and therefore you would risk clogging the valves of the pot itself
- Do not cook food for too long, in fact, one minute in a pressure cooker is equivalent to about 3-4 minutes in a normal saucepan.
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